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Taft honored with Blue Ribbon Award

Taft students Glenn Gilliam and Keith Pikens with their blue ribbons Taft students Glenn Gilliam and Keith Pikens with their blue ribbons

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati high school once regarded as one of Ohio's worst is now a high-tech heavyweight.

Graduation rates at Taft High School have gone from about 21 percent to more than 95 percent. Also, the school has earned an "excellent" rating this year on its state report card, and it has become the first Cincinnati public high school in a quarter century to win a prestigious National Blue Ribbon award.

A celebration was held Tuesday at what is now officially called the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School.

People involved in the turnaround say it came about through good leadership and planning and because people started caring.

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